North Carolina Paralegal Attends Tony Awards
At the 2009 Tony Awards, David Alvarez, one of three Tony-winning Billy Eliots, said upon receiving his trophy, “We have to put these back, though, and they give us, like, a real one.”
Susie Grimm, a North Carolina paralegal, was there to experience the real Tony Awards in New York City and saw Billy Elliot, The Musical win the award for Best Musical, with her two children, Dori and Josh. A stroke survivor, the normally “thifty” Grimm decided to make an unforgettable memory for her family.
Getting ready for the show was as big an event as the Awards themselves and included formal gown and tux shopping, as well as hair styling in Greenwich Village and make-up at Saks 5th Avenue for the girls.
Although regular attendees don’t walk the red carpet or mingle with the stars, the Grimm family got an unexpected surprise when after the show, they asked a security guard for directions to the restrooms. But instead of the restrooms, they found themselves in a room full of stars.
“I guess we got turned around a little trying to find them, because we opened a door and found ourselves in this room with all the stars milling around,” Grimm remembers with a laugh. “The security guard must have let us past to find the restrooms or something. We left, of course, but it was still really cool to see all those stars up close in person.”